Interview with Sabahan artist – Rosmaini Sinarjo

Legend of Mount Kinabalu

Who are you and what you do?

My name is Rosmaini Sinarjo. I work as an artist at Mayuri House of Art


Why artist?

For me art is my passion and only in art can make me comfortable and calm. I only know painting, beside that I  know nothing. So I choose to be an artist and I do what I do best


How do you work?

The best is when I’m in the mood because art come from your heart and not by force


What is you background?

I was born in Tawau but grew up in Kota Kinabalu. I am 32 years old. I start drawing since I was a kid influenced by comic and cartoon TV series. I don’t have much friend and that time, so by drawing make my life more fulfilling. I joined Balai Seni Lukis Sabah in 1998 and a member since.


What Integral to the work of an artist?

You have to know what medium you suitable with and focus on that medium. Technique is equally important and practise make perfect!



What role does artist have in society?

Artist can be a messenger without words. A picture tell a thousand words, i guess a painting tell more than thousands words.


How has your practice change over time?

I start with a pencil or ball pen, from there I develop my skill. Slowly then I practise with colour, from pencil colour then poster colour then water colour, oil colour, acrylic colour, airbrush colour etc….


What art do you most identify with?

My artwork can be identify from a colourful colour that I use in each artwork and I like to use variety object in each painting. I also known for my stroke specially when I do a sketch or cimic book

sabah painting art

What jobs have you done other than being an artist?

Before I work full time as an artist, I worked as waiter, kitchen helper, display artist and teacher helper.


Is there artistic life lonely? What do you do to counteract it?

It’s depend, each artist have it’s own characteristic. I need space and quiet environment to make artwork. Some says I a little weird but or me, I am in my own world and as long as I enjoy what I do, I don’t care what people say.


Name something you love, and why?

I like animals especially cats because we share the same world with them. The only different is we human can think better than animals do if we cruel to them, we are no different from animals.


What is your dream project?

My dream is to make solo exhibition in other country.

Legend of Mount Kinabalu
Legend of Mount Kinabalu

Name 3 artist you would like to be compared with

1) Simon Bisley

2) Todd Macfarlane

3) Mike Mignola


Favourite or most inspirational place in Sabah?

Mount Kinabalu and animals in Sabah.


What is the best piece of advice you’ve been given?

Do not easily satisfied on what you have achieve, try more on what you do because there are many other better than you out there.


Profesionally, what’s your goal?

I want other country to know that in Sabah there are many talented artists.

Rosmaini Sinarjo

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